LOUIS G. ERICKSON soloed in July 1910, in a Curtiss-type biplane of his own make. He doesn't divulge the information, but the engine looks just like the Curtiss four-cylinder, water-cooled one of that period. This followed an earlier model with a Buick automobile engine, which, evidently, didn't do so well at flying. In the same year members of the Aero Club of America were making balloon ascents from Springfield and the great manufacturing city was all agog. Erickson started a factory and built five machines in all.
courtesy of Steve Remington - CollectAir
The only reference to Louis I have found on the net
is on the AeroFiles website.
You can visit that reference by clicking on:
Experimental Aircraft assn.
and using the "Find" function on "Erika"
Plan to spend some time on this wonderful site.
From The Early Birds of Aviation
Roster of Members
January 1, 1996
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